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Time Out offers tips on what not to do in London

London is one of the world's most vibrant, exciting and creative cities, with no two visits to the capital are ever being the same, and there's always loads going on to keep people of all ages and interests entertained. However, … Continue reading

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See the Gunners chase glory at Emirates Stadium

All football fans will be aware of the fact that one of the biggest teams in Europe had somehow managed to go nine whole years without winning a single trophy, before bringing that long drought to an end in May … Continue reading

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Montcalm London Marble Arch staff to begin using Google Glass

The Montcalm London Marble Arch has always been committed to offering the very best service to guests, and in keeping with this ethos, it has recently been announced that staff at the five star accommodation provider will soon begin using … Continue reading

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See Damon Albarn play live in London

One of Britain's best loved and most innovative musicians is set to perform live in the capital for the first time in several years this autumn, with a string of shows that are sure to be among the most memorable … Continue reading

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Superman to fly into West End next year

The world's favourite superhero has had a lot of makeovers since first appearing as a comic book character way back in the 1930s. Indeed, several Hollywood superstars have played the so-called Man of Steel on the big screen, with the likes of Christopher Reeve and Henry Cavill among those to have donned the famous red cape.

Now, though, it's time for Superman to make his long-awaited return to the London stage, with a musical comedy of his very own set to hit the West End early next year.

Entitled It's a Bird… It's a Plane… It's Superman!, the show first appeared in Broadway in 1966, and went on to receive nominations for three Tony Awards, with the play's title also becoming an iconic catchphrase among superhero fans.

After a long hiatus, the show was revived when All Star Productions brought it to London earlier this year, with a short run at Ye Olde Rose and Crown Theatre in Walthamstow receiving excellent reviews.

If you didn't get the chance to see it, however, then fear not, because plans have recently been announced for the show to return to the capital for a limited time in early 2015.

This time, it will be playing at the Leicester Square Theatre, with the official opening on February 13th and the final performance eight days later.

Clearly, with such a limited number of showings, tickets are likely to be hard to come by, which is why it's worth booking yours early to avoid disappointment. While you're at it, you may want to arrange a stay in a top London hotel, as many of those close to the West End can often get booked up if you leave things too late.

If you're a fan of superhero comics or movies, this is one show that you are certain to love, so be sure not to miss it when it flies into London.

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London’s best picnic spots

If you're heading to London at any point during the summer then you'll discover loads of great stuff going on all over the city, and while that's certainly no bad thing, you'll probably find that all that action makes you pretty hungry.

Of course, there's never any shortage of great places to eat in the capital, although every now and then it's nice to have a bit of a change and dine al fresco.

That's not to say you shouldn't take the opportunity to sample London's top restaurants when you're in town, but enjoying the odd picnic as well is a fantastic way to soak up the atmosphere of this amazing city while restocking your energy supplies at the same time.

One place that's always popular with picnickers is Greenwich Park, which contains an enormous hill. From the top it's possible to see the entire London skyline, making this a wonderful spot to sit and enjoy your packed lunch, as it means you won't have to take a break from sightseeing while you eat.

What's more, Greenwich Park is surrounded by many of London's top visitor attractions, such as the Royal Maritime Museum, the Cutty Sark and the Royal Observatory – the latter of which actually sits in the park itself, at the top of the hill.

Another excellent spot for a picnic is Hampstead Heath, which is one of London's most serene green spaces. With a mix of open fields and wooded areas, it will make you feel like you're out in the countryside rather than in a big city, although if you climb to the top of Parliament Hill you'll be rewarded with an amazing view of the capital.

There are of course plenty of other excellent places to enjoy a spot of al fresco lunch, with the likes of Hyde Park, Regent's Park and Primrose Hill all being terrific options.

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A few top tips for getting the most out of Notting Hill Carnival

London's biggest street party is set to take place in Notting Hill over the August Bank Holiday weekend, so if you're planning on joining the more than one million people who are expected to be in attendance then you can … Continue reading

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Discover art, outdoor activities and more at the Serpentine this summer

The Serpentine in Hyde Park is always a great place to be during the summer months, with plenty of cultural activities taking place on and around this picturesque body of water in the heart of London. For instance, if you … Continue reading

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Discover the wonders of the Orient at the British Museum

The British Museum is arguably the greatest exhibition centre not just in London, but the entire world, with a host of amazing exhibitions held at the famous venue each year. Indeed, some of the rarest and most amazing artefacts recovered … Continue reading

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The Invictus Games are coming to London

The UK has hosted some of the most high-profile sporting events in the world over the past few years with the Olympic and Paralympic Games in London in 2012 having been hailed as a resounding success, and more recently the … Continue reading

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Tower of London commemorates WWI centenary

Many people will be aware that this month marks the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, and anyone planning on visiting London in the near future will find a range of events taking place across the capital … Continue reading

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Step into the world of the Doctor at Wembley Arena

Fans of the hugely popular sci-fi show Doctor Who will no doubt be interested to hear about a thrilling event that is set to take place at Wembley Arena next year. Indeed, there may be around 11 months to go … Continue reading

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